Jerry and Lindsay 2013 travel blog

We just arrived in Portland and it's still pretty darned early.

Loved this new plane in the Alaska Airlines fleet.

Yipes, we made it to the board showing us we were in...

Linda and Steve enjoying being in First Class!

Mark and Loretta were FABulous flight attendants and took great care of...

Views from the plane showing rainy Kaua'i as we on our descent.

In the airport

The island is known for its abundance of roosters and chickens who...

As we leave the airport heading to the resort.

Drove through the "Tunnel of Trees"

Just pulling into our home for the next few weeks

Entrance - notice no doors!

Views around the grounds

more

and still more

taken from the front looking back at the entrance

along the side of the registration desk

We all got our welcome leis and the low down about the...


Aloha!

We experienced a very easy travel day today despite the early hour to make our 6:00 a.m. flight from Boise to Portland for our connection to our final destination in Lihue, Kaua'i.

Jerry and I feel so fortunate to be on this wonderful winter getaway trip thanks to our friends Linda and Steve. They got this wonderful two bedroom condo last year when Steve and The High Street Band had a job on Maui and selected this time frame to enjoy a few weeks of luxury and see the Garden Island in the Hawaiian chain and paid for it. They invited us to join them and would not accept any reimbursement for expenses. Wow! Consequently, when we reached the airport in Portland, we checked to see if there were any First Class seats available for an upgrade and we paid to upgrade their two seats much to their surprise and pleasure!

We managed to get two exit aisle seats, so we had more leg room and also a delightful travel companion, Kathy (a neo-natal nurse/midwife traveling to Kaua'i for a Pediatric convention) from Portland and great flight attendants who were ever vigilant to us the entire flight (based on Linda and Steve asking them to look after us) - really made the trip "fly by" - hahaha!

Six hours later and a three hour time difference from Boise, we arrived at the Lihue Airport around 4:00 p.m., got our rental car and found the resort. But not before driving through the beautiful "Tunnel of Trees". This is a grove of eucalyptus trees that bend over the road forming a quasi-tunnel. The trees were brought from Australia by the Knudsen family (said to be the largest landowner in the area) to stabilize the road because it ws quite muddy at the time.

When we arrived at The Pointe at Poi'pu we received a delightful welcome from the folks at the front registration desk and the conceirge and were provided lots and lots of literature, brochures, recommendations of restaurants and places to visit during our stay. Armed with that, we headed off to find our two bedroom condo and fortunately it's overlooking the pool area and the ocean off to our left. Very nice accommodations!

More later as we explore the Garden Island of Kaua'i - also the oldest island in the Hawaiian chain of eight islands.

Till then . . .

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